A single sharp and glassy Epidote crystal with perfect termination from the famed VAG Mine, (aka Belvidere Mt./ "Eden Mills" Vermont), find made over 35 years ago. This zone produced several very fine crystals including the largest complete Epidotes ever found in the USA (and perhaps the world). This specimen is much smaller than the giants but has no repairs (the big ones were broken). Almost never available except in older collections, this is in perfect condition, partly transparent with well-defined striations.
An American classic. The most desirable of the famed "Eden Mills" garnets are the gemmy red-orange crystals on contrasting green Diopside crystals. This legendary quarry has been closed for decades, this style of Grossular is unique to the lower reaches of the site, it is quite different from anyplace else on earth. This is an especially cute thumbnail the small Garnet is an inter-grown trio of crystals that contrasts well with the matrix. In fine condition damage-wise by naked eye but with good magnification a chip is seen. Not for perfectionists but that keeps the cost well below normal market for a specimen of this sort.
A single, sharp terminated crystal of Epidote. At this locale these are often found to be zoned with Clinozoisite but usually not more than 50% hence the Epidote label. From the long closed now classic locale of the VAG mine in Northern Vermont, USA. A fine clean translucent to transparent crystal in fine shape from the Rodingite zone famed for world class Garnets. Lustrous, undamaged and with distinctive striations, a choice little classic Northeastern US piece.
Grossular with Diopside
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
6.3 x 4.6 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
An old and very unusual Vermont Grossular. From the now classic Mt Belvidere (Eden Mills) locale, these Garnets are a rare light orange hue on pale translucent Diopsides. Most Diopside at this location is a deep green and the Garnets are typically more dark red. Collected over 80 years ago this likely came from a quarry area that simply no longer exists. Ex Warren Johannson collection collected in 1937. At this time the locality was not well known and the major finds were many years in the future. Some chips on a few edges but most of the specimen is intact with many perfect crystals. This habit and style is almost never available except in old collections.
Epidote/ Clinozoisite on Calcite
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
3.8 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Sharp translucent Epidote/ Clinozoisite crystals to 2.1 CM well exposed from Calcite matrix. The main crystals are damage free, well terminated and have very good luster. C nice example from a classic locale, not many matrix specimens of Epidote were recovered. Could trim to thumbnail size if desired.
From what is commonly called Eden Mills, this is a very unusual combination. A single scalenohedron of Calcite hosts a lustrous Epidote crystal and sprays of clear Natrolite crystals as well. In good condition overall, the Epidote is broken on one end but fine otherwise, good magnifications reveals chipping on the Natrolites but is not naked-eye visible.